Senator Marco Rubio is no Senator Mel Martinez.
After all, Rubio is the Tea Party darling that has been beating the anti-immigrant drum for several months now. On the other hand, Mel Martinez was a champion for pro-immigration policies and Latino-related issues.
The Trojan Horse trick comes from a mythological story about Greeks tricking the Trojans in the City of Troy to end a conflict. The Greeks needed to get into the Trojan community so they built a huge wooden horse and hid a Greek force of 30 men and spies inside of it. Later that night, the Greek army was able to enter and destroy the city of Troy, which eventually ended the war.
While the Trojan Horse may be a mere mythological story, in reality we see Rubio effectively being the trick that the Republican Party uses against Latinos. Rubio supported Arizona’s harsh anti-immigrant law, he does not support the DREAM Act, in essence punishing children for the sins of their father, and now he fully supports Texas Republican Congressman Lamar Smith’s national e-verify program. The United States has been pushing enforcement-only policies for over a decade now, and it has met all operational goals of the Bush Fence Act of 2006, which is why we believe it is time to seek legal immigration reform.
In light of the Presidential elections, I see the Tea Party Republicans wanting to use Rubio as a tool that contradicts their own economic principles. The Tea Party was supposed to be for less government, less taxes, and government entitlement reform; however, early on in their movement, they have allowed anti-immigrant politicians their microphone to preach the “anti-Latino and anti-immigrant message.” Republicans have forgotten that the GOP has indeed supported immigration amnesty for years under the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA). Far right extremists are accusing President Obama of giving amnesty to immigrants, when he merely wants to focus on deporting the real criminal element of the undocumented first. It shows good stewardship of our taxpayer money to focus on the real criminal element because it is moronic to waste millions of dollars to detain farm workers, fast food workers and nannies.
With the mounting debt crisis, it makes sense to focus on dangerous criminals first, which would save millions in taxpayer dollars.
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